Keys to the game: Georgia to upset Tennessee

The biggest game of the 2001 season (so far) for the Georgia Bulldogs will take place in the unfriendly confines of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN Saturday. Coach <b> Mark Richt</b>'s squad will face Southeastern Conference nemesis Tennessee, beginning at 12:00 noon. The game will be nationally televised by CBS.

The teams have played thirty times, with the Volunteers holding a 17-11-2 series lead. Georgia beat Tennessee 21-10 last year in Athens, marking the Bulldogs first verdict over the Volunteers after nine consecutive losses. 

The Bulldogs are 2-1 overall and 1-1 in league play. They beat Arkansas 34-23 last Saturday. Tennessee is undefeated (3-0; 2-0) and is coming off a 26-18 victory against LSU a week ago. The Volunteers are ranked seventh in the nation and are definite favorites to beat Georgia.

Keys to a Bulldog upset over Tennessee include:

* Georgia must run AND pass the ball effectively.

The Bulldogs need to consistently move the ball through the air to take pressure off Quarterback David Greene. But more importantly, Georgia must find a way to move the ball on the ground against one of the nation's toughest defenses. A successful passing game should open up the Georgia running game. The key player for Georgia 
will likely be running back Musa Smith. If he gains 150-200 yards running the ball, the Bulldogs have a great chance to pull an upset.

* Bulldogs must stop Kelley Washington

You can bet Richt and his defensive staff are trying to figure out what to do about Tennessee freshman receiver Kelley Washington, who exploded for 11 catches for 256 yards against LSU. The Bulldogs must contain Washington in order to win. 

* Georgia must be within a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs need to borrow from former coach Vince Dooley's game plan-to remain within a few points in the final period and make a big play and/or come up with a turnover that allows them to score and ink out a win. If Tennessee jumps on Georgia early in the game, the Bulldogs could be in major trouble. Georgia has to limit Tennessee both on the ground and in the air.

PREDICTION-Somehow, someway, Georgia is going to pull the upset in Knoxville Saturday. GEORGIA 29, TENNESSEE 21.


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